Un-Cobb Salad

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Composed salad with grilled chicken breast, avocado, apple, mango, and dried cranberries.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Like chicken caesar, Cobb salad is one of those standard salads that you can find on practically any American restaurant menu. It’s a “composed” salad with avocados, bacon, chicken, hard boiled eggs, and tomatoes. The only problem is that sometimes, just sometimes, you want something a little lighter. Perhaps you had bacon and eggs for breakfast, and you don’t feel like having more at lunch.

This was the dilemma we found ourselves in during a recent trip to Washington DC, wanting a substantial salad for an evening meal, but without all that bacon. We found a great solution at the Hard Rock Cafe in D.C., in the form of their “Anti-Cobb” salad. Instead of bacon, eggs, and tomato, the Hard Rock salad included mango, apple slices, and dried cranberries.

Perfect! The following recipe is based on that salad, and is more of a guideline than a precise recipe. I haven’t given any amounts, because it really depends on how much you want to make, and how much of any one of the ingredients you might want in the salad.

Un-Cobb Salad Recipe

  • Prep time: 15 minutes


  • Romaine lettuce, chopped cross-wise in 1-inch strips (or favorite salad greens)
  • Grilled skinless, boneless chicken breast, chopped
  • Mango, peeled and chopped (see how to cut a mango)
  • Avocado, seeded, peeled, chopped (see how to cut and peel an avocado)
  • Tart apple, peeled and sliced
  • Dried cranberries
  • Vinaigrette or your favorite salad dressing

The Hard Rock Cafe "anti-cobb" salad also has strawberries and supremed orange segments.


Arrange lettuce on a serving platter. Arrange other ingredients in sections on top of the lettuce. Drizzle on salad dressing of choice.

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  • Susan

    I love this type of salad; it’s sort of a salad buffet on a platter! I would include thin sliced pork tenderloin, maybe teriaki style, on the platter, too.

  • hannah

    I love this idea! and so very versatile. for me, “composed” salads are the most wonderful meals. today I made one that included a bed of fresh baby spinach, a row of sliced tomatoes, thinly sliced red onion, steamed broccoli, sliced avocado, a few slices of grilled lemony tofu, a few slices of cooked sweet potato, all drizzled with a zesty lime-tahini-olive oil dressing (the red onion, sweet potato, and lime-tahini combo is a winner, like smitten kitchen’s squash and chickpea salad!). thank you for all your inspiration, I check your blog regularly and always enjoy your posts.

  • Lisa

    We have salad dinners quite often and this one looks perfect for us! I may leave off the chicken for our meatless meals, especially since there is avocado on the plate. :) Thanks for a great salad suggestion!

    You could always add some chickpeas for protein, if skipping the chicken. ~Elise

  • Angie

    What a genius idea! I always pass Cobb salad by because I don’t like ham, and the majority of them I’ve seen include chopped ham rather than chicken. I love how this makes it more of just an arrangement rather than specific ingredients. You could make this for anybody to suit their tastes.

  • Julie

    Mmm, this looks delicious. I might try it with the chickpeas instead of chicken and I have some poppyseed dressing that I think would be perfect!

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Un-Cobb Salad